Thick Description Recordings
In anthropology, the phrase "thick description" means the collection of a rich set of data about the everyday activities of a population. The purpose of "thick description" is to record as much information as possible about an event - as opposed to just the "salient” facts - so that its full meaning can be understood.
In this spirit, and complementing the goals ofarchive.org generally, Thick Description Recordings aims to contribute to the understanding of society, its artistry and its history, by presenting audio and video recordings which would otherwise never make it to public awareness. We present recordings of any quality, genre and intention (more or less) so as to “thicken” the data set and to preserve what otherwise would be lost. Many of the recordings you will find here have hitherto gone overlooked because, for example, they are not generally considered "good" music, the audio/video quality is poor or the creator of the recording had no intention of ever releasing their recordings publicly. The bulk of the collection consists of garage band recordings, jam sessions, home recordings, field recordings (i.e. phonography) and other low fidelity (lo-fi) musical and non-musical recordings. From teenage garage band practice sessions and home studio albums that never materialized commercially, to interviews with family members, audio diaries and field recordings of urban and natural environments: all of this is within the scope of Thick Description Recordings. We hope to expand the collection over time to include material such as home video recordings that have been lost to the individuals and families that made them. The bottom line is that if it is a unique video or audio recording that is possibly the only copy in existence, then it belongs in this collection.
Please contact Thick Description Recordings if you have recordings you'd like to contribute. Neither genre nor audio quality is of any consideration, so as long as the recordings have already been transferred to a digital format ready for upload. However, if you don't have the ability to digitize your recordings, please contact us and we'll see if something can be arranged.